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I’m making a conscious effort to not just be a mother, says Soha Ali Khan

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New Delhi, Actress-author Soha Ali Khan says she has been a mother for over nine months and is now making a conscious effort to step away a little bit and find ways to embrace other aspects of her life.

Soha, who is married to actor Kunal Kemmu, gave birth to their daughter Inaaya in September 2017. On her priority at the moment, Soha told IANS: “It has to be Inaaya.”

“Everything is different and I have to actually work towards achieving a balance because I’m a kind of person that when something happens I get so involved in it and make it like a project. I’m very single minded in my approach and it’s very important to balance.

“I’m actually making a conscious effort now to step away a little bit and to take on other things, to embrace my other identities because I have been a mother now for nine months almost and I have loved it,” she said in an email interview. Soha says she “crumbles” when she is not with her daughter.

“The more time I spend with her, the more difficult it is to walk away and I know she is fine without me, and I’m the one who crumbles without her.

“It’s like a contrast where you want her to be dependent on you but you also need her to be independent. So it is more about me and I know it is more important for me to go back to work and have my own life because soon she is going to have her own friends and then she is going to be like, ‘Please, I don’t want to hang out with you’ and I’ll just be destroyed if I don’t have something of my own going on.”

The youngest daughter of Bollywood veteran Sharmila Tagore and late cricket legend like Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, sister of actor Saif Ali Khan and sister-in-law of actress Kareena Kapoor Khan, Soha has received a positive response for her portrayal in films like “Rang De Basanti”, “Khoya Khoya Chand”, “Tum Mile” and “Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns”. She was last seen on-screen in “Ghayal Once Again”.

Soha also made a name for herself when she came out with her book “The Perils of Being Moderately Famous” last year.

“I got back to Bollywood in December. I did it for ‘Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3′ when Inaaya was 2 months. It wasn’t a huge time commitment; it was just to keep me alive in this multi-part series of ‘Saheeb Biwi aur Gangaster’, so that was fun,” added the actress, who launched Ayurveda skincare brand Shankara Naturals in India earlier this month.

“Then there are two scripts running at the moment both of which I like and want to do. We just need to figure it out and I’m happy that they are taking time to figure it out because it just gives me more time,” she added.

What about writing another book?

“There is a contract lying on my computer that I haven’t signed for two books and I’m very keen to sign. But I know when I’ll sign it, I’ll have to get to work.

“I thought my next book should be called ‘Perils of Parenting’ and we do perils of living. It’s like the perils will be moderately famous and the perils are parenting and I don’t know the perils are writing a book or something… I don’t know the third one, but I want it to be humourous. I’m struggling with how to write about becoming a mother (in a) humourous (way) without offending anybody.”

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Mallika Sherawat supports FIAPO to promote veganism

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New Delhi,  Actress Mallika Sherawat has extended support to the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) to promote veganism in India, and has urged fans to try a vegan diet for 21 days.

Mallika took to her Twitter handle to promote FIAPO’s #21DayCompassionChallenge, asking her fans to ditch dairy and other animal products and try a vegan diet.

In the video, Mallika talks about choosing a compassionate future for herself.

She said: “I believe in compassion for all. I feel we are all inherently compassionate, but fail to see the reality. I have been vegan for more than 15 years and for me veganism is a lifestyle choice – a healthier and cruelty free way of living! Many people think, to be vegan you have to give up a lot of things, but being a long time vegan, I can proudly say I have not given up on anything.

“In fact, I am much healthier and happier knowing no animal had to suffer for my food. I don’t drink cow’s milk and I don’t eat meat because no one should suffer for our choices. I urge all my fans to take the challenge and try veganism for 21 days.”

There is an increase in the number of people choosing a vegan diet.

FIAPO’s Executive Director Varda Mehrotra said: “The best thing about being a vegan is to be able to live a life aligned with one’s values. We can only be in peace knowing we aren’t harming, killing, maiming others for our greed.

“In the last decade there has been a tremendous shift in how veganism is perceived in India. While many organisations and individuals are dedicatedly working on creating awareness, a Bollywood actor speaking up and promoting veganism is a huge push for veganism in India.”

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Industry no more stuck on one hero, heroine stories: Divya Dutta

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New Delhi, National Award-winning actress Divya Dutta, who turned 41 on Tuesday, has been a part of the film industry for over two decades, and she says stories have evolved a whole lot from being centred around just one hero and heroine.

“Industry is no more stuck to typical one hero and one heroine films. Now, filmmakers are producing content-driven films. We are looking into more different and diverse stories. It is a beautiful time for filmmaking right now,” Divya told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

Having featured in the latest release “Manto” and the short film “Plus Minus”, Divya is garnering a lot of positive response from the audience for her roles in the films.

She said: “I am overwhelmed with the responses I am getting for my roles. It always feels good when someone appreciates my acting.

“Both ‘Manto’ and ‘Plus Minus’ are based on true stories. I am glad that people are accepting non-fiction films and are keen to hearing more untold true stories. We have so many stories scattered around us and through films, we get an opportunity to convey those stories to people. This is one of the beautiful changes our cinema has witnessed.”

Divya has appeared in more than 100 movies of different genres and languages. This year, she won a National Award for Best Supporting Actor for the 2017 film “Irada”.

For her, the National Award acts as a source of inspiration as it inspires her to do good work everyday.

“I am honoured that the nation has appreciated my work and felicitated me with the award. I am humbled that people accept me in all kinds of roles. I am gratified after winning the National Award and I want to continue doing good work for my people,” Divya added.

The “Veer-Zaara” and “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” actress is a writer too. In 2017, she launched her first book “Me and Ma” and she is now in the process of writing her second book, to be published next year.

Born in Punjab, Divya has also maintained her link with her roots as she has worked in Punjabi movies like “Shaheed-e- Mohabbat” and “Des Hoya Pardes”. She will next be seen hosting a Punjabi chat show.

“The format of the show is quite similar to actor Aamir Khan’s “Satyamev Jayate”. It will be an interactive Punjabi show which will focus on the prevailing social issues.”

Be it Hindi or Punjabi — for Divya, language is not a barrier. She has also acted in Nepali movie “Basanti” and tried her hand in a Malayalam film titled “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”.

The actor said: “Be it Punjabi cinema or Marathi or Malayalam cinema, now regional cinema is growing beautifully. People are liking regional films. One will be amazed to see the stuff regional film industries are producing.”

Divya, who made her debut with the film “Ishq Mein Jeena Ishq Mein Marna” in 1994, still feels she is a little girl who has just begun her career.

“I am on role reversal. It feels I am reversing my journey. All my friends are saying that I am still a 16-year-old girl. I feel it is just the beginning…. and there is more to go.”

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Pranitha Subhash enjoys keeping in touch with fans

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Mumbai, Actress Pranitha Subhash says she likes to stay in touch with her fans, but wants to add a personal touch to the whole experience.

For this, she has come out with her personal app. Pranitha launched the Pranitha Subhash Official App in collaboration with New York-based tech firm EscapeX, read a statement.

“I am really excited to be launching my very own app. I have always enjoyed keeping in touch with my fans and interacting with them but with this we take it one step ahead since it’s so personalised,” Pranitha said.

“I’m hoping to keep it very interactive and I promise to keep checking it as often as possible. I will have lot of contests, lots of fun and it’s going to be much more than film promotions. I am really excited about this,” added the actress, who has worked in Kannada, Telugu and Tamil films.

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